From Kona Supremes

Capital Forest CDC Race Report

Last weekend the Kona Supremes (minus Amanda-conda and Steph-dog) headed down to Capitol forest in Olympia for their 3rd race in the CDC series. This race snuck up on us. July has been filled with multiple Squamish/Whistler trips and also a crazy wedding. Somehow the Supremes all managed to pull this one off.

the wildflowers were everywhere around capital forest

 

Stage 1. Capitol Peak Trail.

Stage 1 was the start of the race for Expert and Pro, and the second stage of the day for everyone else. It was the beginning of the never ending pedal that took us to some towers at the top of the capital forest area. The stage started with a fast, loose and gnarly rock garden section. A few tires were sacrificed during this part of the stage, and in the race, Delia took a hard slam. She ended up with bad bruises, deep scrapes, but is tougher than nails and was able to finish out the race with Hannah, and bham friends Forrest, and Harrison.

Getting some quality first aid from the volunteers at cap forest.

 

This stage also had a couple of super punchy climb sections. There was one that was so difficult that I got off my bike. After each punchy climb section I had to convince myself that I was okay and calm down.

Delia rallied through her injuries and finished the day strong!

Stage 2. Lower Twin Peaks.

This stage was a nice continuation of stage 1. This trail was a little faster than stage 1 which was a plus. While waiting in line some little boy told me there was a big rock roll. This was not true and I was deeply disappointed.

All smiles after a gnarly crash on stage 1. Delia is one tough chica!

 

Stage 3. McKenny Trail

Stage 3 was reserved for Expert and Pro racers, although it wasn’t the hardest or most technical trail of the day. It did add quite a bit of extra pedalling to get to the start and the trail itself was quite pedally also. It had one fast steep section at the very end that was one of my favorite parts of the race.

catching some air off a roller in stage 4. Photo: Rob Topol

 

Stage 4. Little larch.

Stage 4 started with a climb up a short road and up a short little climb trail. This stage was fast and flowy, also the steepest trail (which was not very steep 🙁 ) There were a lot of fast corners that I wish I would have known where they were. Next time I’ll actually pre-ride the race course.

The dirt was fast, dry, and loose

There was also a couple of forks that were necessary for getting a fast time on this stage. The fastest combination was left right left, but I forgot this mid run and just choose the path that looked most fun. On the first split, there was a skinny log ride that bypassed some berms and was definitely the faster line, but was super awkward.

Delia keeps it low over the rollers. Photo: Rob Topol

 

Stage 5. Green Line Trail.

After Micks and I finished Stage 2 we made the long traverse over to the other side of the mountain for Stage 5. This trail is one of the longest stages that I have raced so far in the CDC series. It is about 2 miles long and has 3 brutal uphill climbs. The key to this trail was keeping focus. The trail itself wasn’t hard but keeping pace for that length of time is incredibly hard. This trail brings the endurance in enduro.

Delia finished strong with some battle wounds.

Results!

All of the supremes who made it to this event managed to get a podium finish. Brooklyn got 4th and mickey got 5th in sport, while Hannah managed to get a spot in 3rd in pro. Delia despite going to gnar-town during this race, placed 4th for pro. And mean while…. Steph-dog was recovering from a crash and having some safe wholesome fun paddle boarding, while Amanda was also recovering from a crash and getting ready for the annual Kona product launch in Squamish, BC 🙂

Brooklyn took 4th and Mickey snagged 5th but had to leave early before awards

 

Hannah came in 3rd and Delia took 4th despite her gnarly crash and injuries… did I mention she’s tougher than nails?

 

We immediately went down to the creek and spent some time cooling off and cleaning out the battle wounds.

For me this race wasn’t really about the competition because I rode blind. I had a lot of fun spending time with the other sport women. I got a chance to connect with the Bell Joy ride team that weekend. After the race the girls from the other team invited me out to Stevens Pass to ride. It was unbelievably rad to ride casually with girls that are usually my competition.

We are all very much looking forward the the next race on our home turf in the Chuckanuts on august 27! Hope to see you there!

Huge thanks to Chris, Eric, and Rob for the photos, to Nuun for keeping us well hydrated, and to all our fans, friends, and fam for all your support!

-Brooklyn and the Supremes

 

Brooklyn and the Process

Last summer I bought my first full suspension bike after I demoed a Kona Process 134. I fell in love after the first ride! I was giggling and squealing like never before. A friend treated me to a local gem of a trail I had never seen before; a trail that was outside of the realm of what I thought mountain biking was, but I just charged it because the Process 134 inspired the confidence I needed.  From that ride on, I was sold on this bike because it showed me that I could do anything. Making this purchase has changed my life and its been a crazy year on “cocoa the bike”

Brooklyn and Cocoa the Process

Now I’m upgrading bikes. I’ve sold my Process 134 for a Process 153 so I can charge harder and send it bigger no matter where I ride. I’ll be trading in the Shimano Deore brakes for the more powerful stopping power of the SRAM Guide R brakes and a Sektor fork for the Yari Solo Air. The 153’s 1X11 drivetrain along with the wider rims and tires is also a major upgrade from the 2015 Process 134 I was on before. The 153 likes bigger lines, is much more stable and loves to charge. I love how at home it feels on the steeps and has no problem with bigger hits and senders. I’m really excited about all the trouble my new Process 153 will get me into this summer and next year.  -Brooklyn

Photo: Paul Kelly

The Kona Supremes Hood River CDC Race Report

This race took place in Hood River, Oregon in a riding area called Post Canyon. Post Canyon has beautiful views of Adams and Mt. Hood, and trails bump up against vineyards and apple orchards. The trail building style is amazing and has a great variety for beginners and experts.
Hood River offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the PNW

The Kona Supremes Tiger Mountain CDC race report.

In very non-PNW fashion, the sun came out for our first Cascadia Dirt Cup race of the season at Tiger Mountain. It started the season off proper with at least 4000 feet of climbing for sport class, 5000 for expert and pro, and around 25 miles of riding.

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Stage 1 was a pedal to the summit for Off The Grid. It’s one of the longest stages, and had all elements; flowy bermimage3s, rock gardens, root sections, and taxing climbs. Amanda and Hannah’s strategy was to ride smooth, consistently, and to maintain a solid pace throughout the whole run to avoid making mistakes due to tiredness.

“Putting down a smooth run on Off the Grid wasn’t my absolute fastest pace, but I felt playful and had way more fun.” -Amanda

Stage 2 started back at the top and was another long pedal-y stage called Preston. It was full of long, fast switchbacks with some high-speed rock sections. Despite being such a long, burly stage, the stoke level was high. Amanda suffered a flat tire from a torn sidewall about half way down losing some time having to ride her rim to the finish.

Stage 3 took us to Joyride and Fully Rigid for an awkward, rooty, turny stage. Delia is currently on the injured reserve and played time-keeper at the end of this stage and heckled flawlessly.

Stage 4 ran on the new trails, Legend and Megafauna. It was the shortest stage, but wasn’t short on steeps and loose berms.

Final Stage 5 for the expert and pro classes was Predator. Climbing back to the top was brutal after already climbing close timage4o 4000 feet. Dropping near the end of the pack and after a super long day meant a loose, exhausting, but incredibly fun descent to the bottom.

“I was so tired by the time we got to predator, it became more important to just ride clean than it did to ride fast and pinned” –H

Despite a flat on stage 2, Amanda still crushed the other stages for a solid finish. Brooklyn and Mickey raced smooth and landed in top 10 for sport. Stephanie took 3rd place in sport and Hannah took 2nd in pro. Delia took the title for world’s best time-keeper, and we can’t wait to see her back on the bike soon!

Our next race is in Hood River, Oregon on May 20th. Follow us on Instagram, facebook, and the blog for updates on our upcoming plans, events, and adventures!